First-person shooters have been ubiquitous for quite a long time. The genre has a lot to offer, from guns blazing action to stealth and patient gameplay. None, however, have dared to open up the possibilities like Dishonored 2 has. Taking place 15 years after the events of its predecessor, the game thrusts you back into its steampunk world full steam ahead. Now in the shoes of Emily or Corvo, you’ll sneak and traverse a dystopian world filled with ruthless gangs, armed guards, and military-grade robots. Hold onto your hat as we show you what makes Dishonored 2 such a great game.
Play It Your Way Dishonored mechanics
The original Dishonored was unique in that it promoted and rewarded exploration. Dishonored 2 takes that and cranks it up to 11 thanks to its slew of abilities, traversal mechanics, and its approach to AI. It’s not, however, a game for the faint of heart. The easiest yet most rewarding way to play through it is by making heavy use of stealth. At the same time, it’s also the slowest which may not be for everyone. If patience isn’t your strong suit, then you, by all means, can go with a run-and-gun approach. Be warned, though, that you will die this way a lot. Nevertheless, its satisfying abilities and myriads of ways to dispatch enemies to make Dishonored 2 a truly open-ended game.
Experience A Well-Built World
As we mentioned earlier in this post, the story takes place 15 years after the events of Dishonored. After being crowned Empress, Emily Kaldwin finds herself faced with a coup during a state event, instigated by her half-sister. At this point, Dishonored 2 offers you the choice to either play as Emily or her father Corvo. Regardless of who you choose, you’re faced with a city that doesn’t see you as a friend. As you traverse the rooftops and sneak around corners, you’ll encounter shiny steampunk automatons, blood-thirsty gangs, and once-loyal state troopers, all out to kill you. The sheer atmosphere of the game is staggering. Every detail in character models and architecture screams steampunk. On top of that, the voice acting is superb.
Tackle Brain-Bending Puzzles
Dishonored 2 is home to some of the best puzzles in an FPS game. There is a lot of intuitive design that has been put to work here. Taking full advantage of your character’s capabilities as well as the stunning environments, puzzle-solving is quite a joy. An example is an area with multiple levers that reconfigure its inside layout. In some cases, simply entering a target area may also require a bit of thinking and finesse.
To say that Dishonored 2 is one of the best first-person games would be a bit generalistic. Its unique approach to level design, awe-inspiringly built world and open-ended gameplay make it by far one of the most original games of the past decade. If you’re looking to experience a single-player FPS that pulls no punches, you can’t go wrong with Dishonored 2.